Ueno Yamashita gate


Hiroshige’s work is looking up the hill. This is the opposite view from Ueno station, Sakashita gate looking down on famous Ameyoko.


The name “Ameyoko” is a short form for “Ameya Yokocho” (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Alternatively, “Ame” also stands for “America”, because a lot of American products used to be available there when the street was the site of a black market in the years following World War Two.